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Emissions cuts too slow to fight climate change, warns UN report

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 22, 2012

A UN report on rising greenhouse gas emissions reminded world governments Wednesday that their efforts to fight climate change are far from enough to meet their stated goal of limiting global warming to 2C.

The report by the UN Environment Programme (Unep),...

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Could businesses rescue the UN's carbon offset scheme?

By : Sustainability ..., Sep 12, 2012

Businesses must lead calls for governments to adopt more ambitious national carbon emission reduction targets, according to an overview board appointed to address the crisis afflicting the UN's flagship carbon offsetting scheme.

Panel members told reporters that...

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UN chief launches new initiative to protect oceans

By : Sustainability ..., Aug 13, 2012

The United Nations chief on Sunday announced an initiative to protect oceans from pollution and over-fishing and to combat rising sea levels which threaten hundreds of millions of the world's people.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the “Oceans Compact” initiative...

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UN sees future for carbon scheme despite price drop

By : Sustainability ..., Jul 20, 2012

The United Nations' carbon offset market has a long future in helping the world curb man-made greenhouse gas emissions, even with carbon prices at record lows, the executive chairman of the U.N. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) said on Thursday.

U.N-backed carbon...

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UN reports high demand for carbon-cutting loan scheme

By : Sustainability ..., Jul 12, 2012

Over 40 developers across 23 developing countries have applied for UN-backed interest free loans to kick-start their carbon-cutting projects.

The loan scheme was launched in April to further the reach of the UN's carbon offset programme, the Clean Development Mechanism...

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Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Mission's houses for poor not viable, says report

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 21, 2012

The Centre is aggressively promoting the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Mission (JNNURM) to address problems of urbanization, but the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the United Nations (WGHR) seems clearly unimpressed with the way the housing scheme for urban poor...

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Rio summit to make fresh bid to tackle environment woes

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 20, 2012

A crucial summit on global development kicks off here Wednesady with nearly 20 heads of state and government, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in attendance in a fresh bid to rally the world behind a common environmental blueprint amid economic woes and discord.

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HCC only Indian firm featured in UN climate report

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 19, 2012

Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), a leading infrastructure construction and development company, was the only Indian company to be featured in the climate report issued by the United Nations Global Compact and United Nations Environment Programme.

The UN report...

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U.N. climate talks stall over rich-poor divisions

By : Sustainability ..., May 26, 2012

U.N. climate talks ran into gridlock Thursday as a widening rift between rich and poor countries risked undoing some advances made last year in the decades-long effort to control carbon emissions that scientists say are overheating the planet.

As happens so often in...

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The Artificial Leaf and Sustainable Energy for All

By : Sustainability ..., May 17, 2012

In case you missed it, do check out the New Yorker profile of Daniel Nocera, a scientist who has designed a “a cheap, playing-card-size coated-silicon sheet that, when placed in a glass of tap water and exposed to sunlight, split the water into hydrogen and oxygen.” The...

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